Health Concerns

Like many highly developed dogs, Labrador Retrievers as a dog breed suffer numerous health issues. The more common Labrador Retriever health issues include: Acquired Myasthenia Gravis, Acral Lick Dermatosis, Addison’s Disease, Atopy, Blastomycosis, Cataracts, Cerebellar Degeneration, Coloboma, Copper Storage Disease, Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture, Cushing’s Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Ectopic Ureters, Ectropion, Elbow Dysplasia, Entropion, Epilepsy, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, Fibrosarcoma, Follicular Dysplasia, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV/Bloat), Hemophilia A & B, Hip Dysplasia, Histiocytoma, Hypothyroidism, Laryngeal Paralysis, Lipoma, Lymphosarcoma, Mast Cell Tumours, Medial Canthal Pocket Syndrome, Melanoma (Limbs), Micropapilla, Muscular Dystrophy, Myopathy, Narcolepsy-Cataplexy, Nasal Cavity Tumours, Nasal Depigmentation, Osteochondrosis, Panosteitis, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Pemphigus Foliaceous, Pericardial Effusion, Pododermatitis, Portosystemic Shunt, Polyneuropathy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Pulmonic Stenosis, Retinal Dysplasia, Seborrhea, Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Digit, Urolithiasis, von Willebrand’s Disease and Zinc-Responsive Dermatosisare. Some of these are further explained below.

(The fact that this breed may be susceptible to these conditions does not mean that all dogs of this breed will be affected by them. They are listed here purely as a guide).

Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is the most common inherited orthopaedic disease in dogs. While this progressive disease affects mainly the larger breeds of dog, it also occurs in many of the smaller breeds including the Labrador Retriever. This problem can be made worse, particularly for Labrador Retrievers, by carrying excess weight as a result of overfeeding by well-meaning but over indulgent Labrador Retriever owners.

A congenital medical condition, Entropion can be found in many dog breeds, including Labrador Retrievers. It results in the eyelids folding inwards and causing discomfort when the eyelashes constantly rub against the cornea. Providing it is noticed early enough before the cornea is damaged, this condition can be treated by a relatively simple operation in which the excess skin of the outer eyelid is removed.

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